1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

~Psalm 46:1-3~

Richard “Rick” Wayne Carter

March 09, 1948 – January 13, 2021
Richard “Rick” Carter died January 13, 2021 at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Mississippi. Rick was known for his encouraging spirit, contagious smile, love of horses, operatic singing, inspirational worship leading and overwhelming pride for his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Rick graduated from Ludwigsburg American Highschool in Ludwigsburg, Germany in 1966. He earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Montevallo in Alabama in 1972 and a Master’s Degree in Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1974. He served with the International Mission Board from 1986-1992 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, teaching at the International Baptist Seminary and working with area churches. He enthusiastically served the Lord for over 50 years. He ministered in churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee as a Minister of Music, Administrator, and Youth Minister.

Preceding him in death are his daughter, Rebekah Carol Carter; son-in-law, Samuel Jeremy Cochran; his sister, Lenore Suzanne Turpin; and his parents, John Cullen Carter and Ruth Culberson Harrison. He is survived by his sweetheart of 48 years, Nedra Hurst Carter; children, John Richard Carter and wife, KeithAnn, and Marie Carter Cochran; 4 grandchildren, Rebekah and MaryAlex Carter, Will and Caroline Cochran; his siblings, Kay Lachance, Denise Carter, Patti Sexton, and Bo Harrison.

Funeral service and internment will be held at Inspiration Park Memorial Gardens (283 Inspiration Park Drive Kentwood, Louisiana 70444) on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

The family extends a special thank you to the medical team at South Central Regional Medical Center. Memory Chapel Funeral Home, Laurel, has an online guestbook, visit

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Rebekah Carter Memorial Scholarship at Mississippi College established in 2006. Donations may be sent to:

Rebekah Carter Memorial Scholarship
Box 4005
Clinton, MS 39058

Eunice “Tiny” Jenkins Phillips

July 15, 1945 – January 16, 2021

A resident of Amite, LA, passed away on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at her home. She was born July 15, 1945 in Independence, LA and was 75 years of age. She is survived by two daughters, Liz Phillips and Sonya Garon and husband Richard; son, Kevin Phillips and wife Rebecca; four grandchildren, Brittany Miller, Gena Dussold and husband Jacob, Cauy Phillips, and Cady Phillips; two sisters, Betty Robertson and Janice Varnado. Preceded in death by her husband, Joe Phillips; son, Glenn Phillips; sister, Catherine Tillman; brother, Enwin Jenkins; and special friend, Mary Ann Burnett. Private Services will be held at a later date. McKneely Funeral Home, Amite, in charge of arrangements. For an online guestbook, visit

Ruth Burton

Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home

Ruth Burton

Ruth, age 51, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 14, 2021. She was a resident of Albany, LA. Ruth was a dedicated teacher for 20+ years. She worked at Courtney Christian School and taught English, Math, and Bible. Ruth was a devoted member of The Wellspring Church. Both Ruth and her husband were extremely active and never missed a service. Ruth was truly a selfless woman and always put others before herself. She absolutely adored children and had a slight obsession with cats. Ruth truly left an impact on all who knew her and will be forever missed.

“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Josh Burton; daughter, Dr. Beth Burton; sons, Ben Burton, Matt Burton; parents, Dawn and Robert Hafele; and brother, Robert Hafele.

The family has requested that anyone who attends the visitation please wear a mask and practice social distancing. In honor of Ruth, the family has asked that everyone please wear some form of Ruth’s favorite color, purple.

Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a visitation from the chapel of Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home, 12012 Hwy 190 W. Hammond, LA 70401, on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Private family services will follow.

Read the Bible Chronologically in 2021 – January 17

GENESIS 45:16-47:27

Online services from FBC, Kentwood today

10:30 A.M.

6:00 P.M.

David and I often have trouble with reception, so when that happens, we watch a replay early on Monday morning. I know others have this issue too. When it is clear that the reception is not going to be good, turn it off and try at another time. We don’t usually have that reception problem on Wednesday nights.

PrayER Focus to Today

Today, let’s pray concerning Covid-19 issues.

  • Those who are sick at this time
  • Families which covid issues
  • Those who are quarantined
  • Those who struggle, but still wear masks when away from home.
  • Businesses that are closed
  • Businesses with limited service
  • People who work daily in environments where others do not wear masks
  • Medical professionals
  • Vaccinations that will reduce future covid numbers
  • Students who have virtual classes
  • Families who have lost family members to covid

Thanks for your prayers for these and other concerns. I believe in prayer!

Anna Lee